Fatherhood can be terrifying. You literally hold a fragile little life in your hands — and you realize you have no idea what you’re doing! Something like that was my experience as a newly ordained priest. Suddenly you’re responsible for the spiritual health and well-being of a couple thousand people. Some of them are older than your parents, many are …
Ordinary 13 – The biggest obstacle to saying Yes to priesthood was accepting celibacy. Celibacy has turned out to be a great blessing. Jesus is a total self-gift. He only wants disciples who are willing to do the same.
Corpus Christi – The one Priesthood of Jesus Christ continues in the royal priesthood of all the Baptized. God so wants you to be holy that he then calls men offer bread and wine and nourish the faithful with the Body and Blood of Christ.
Holy Thursday – The Passover lamb was slaughtered and eaten to save the Israelites. Christ our Paschal Lamb has been sacrificed; come to the feast! Take, eat, and enter into Communion with Him. Then go and wash the feet of others.
The glory of God is hidden in the flesh and blood of Jesus, and within the bread and wine at Mass. If you listen to God, you will become who you were made to be and do what you were made to do: You too will shine with the glory of God. [AUDIO]
Yesterday 5 men laid down their lives and were ordained priests. Getting stuff and holding on to it doesn’t really make us happy. Jesus teaches us that you are a gift that was made to be given away. Our King is not outdone in generosity. [AUDIO]
Though none of us is worthy we all share in the priesthood of Jesus Christ. Christ’s presence in the Eucharist and in charity is an invitation. Before you take from His table ask yourself: am I prepared to return the gift? [AUDIO]
Jesus tells his future priests that they must put Him first. Priesthood is about listening to God and teaching others to listen to Him. He who gives of himself receives Jesus in return. And Jesus is worth more than what was left behind. (26 Jun 2016)
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